1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #169 Ty Cobb

Sold For: $14,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 646

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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T5 Pinkerton cabinet of legendary Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. One of only two examples ever graded by SGC! This is a magnificent example of one of the most impressive of all Cobb cards. T5 Pinkerton cabinets are among the rarest of all 1910-era tobacco issues. These cabinet cards were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with cigarettes produced by the Pinkerton Tobacco Co. Each T5 premium card is designed with a real photo (3-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches) affixed to a thick cardboard cabinet-style mount (4-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches). Two poses of Cobb were issued in T5: batting and fielding. This outstanding example of Ty Cobb #169, in a batting pose, is bright, fresh, and clean. Usually affixed to the mount only along the top of the photo, we believe that the SGC Authentic designation is likely due to the photo being affixed in additional areas. The card is not altered in any other way. The mount shows light corner wear (with a little more to the lower right) and a possible stray mark on the right border. The reverse is perfectly clean. T5 Pinkertons are found with two different mount styles: a thick cabinet-card mount with a surrounding embossed decorative imprint and a thin paper mount. The offered example is on the more desirable, higher-quality thick mount. This is an exceptionally attractive example of one of the best of all Ty Cobb cards, and would be a significant addition to any serious Hall of Fame or prewar-card collection. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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